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Tuesday 19 April 2022

Foodies Festival 2022: UK's Biggest Touring Celebrity Food & Music Festival Comes To Brighton

Foodies Festival comes to Brighton this May Bank Holiday weekend, returning to Preston Park - with a line-up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars.

The Festival (dubbed "Gastro-Glasto") is the biggest touring gourmet food festival in the UK, featuring MasterChef champions, stars of Great British Bake-Off and TV cooking show experts.

Chefs taking part this summer, include: MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 champion Daniel Lee, who'll be joined in the Chefs Theatre by fellow finalists Aaron Middleton and Daniel Marreiros, MasterChef 2021 champion, Tom Rhodes, and 2018 MasterChef winner, local legend Kenny Tutt.

The music line-up includes: platinum-selling festival favourites Scouting For Girls, chart-topping noughties band, The Feeling, and Lee Ryan & Simon Webbe from boy band Blue. 

Chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants will give the festival a distinctive local flavour, including award-winning restauranteurs and chefs Alun Sperring from The Chilli Pickle and Michael Bremner from 64 Degrees, who've both been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.

Foodies Festival director, Sue Hitchen, said: 

"Foodies Festival Brighton celebrates the start of summer, and we are delighted to be back at our new venue Preston Park on the May Bank Holiday weekend. 

"The festival has become a meeting point for friends and family to enjoy a great weekend of delicious food, live music and fun."

Also cooking live in the Chefs Theatre will be Chef Brice from The Salt Room, Brighton and other local chefs – Duncan Ray chef-patron from The Little Fish Market and Isaac Bartlett-Copeland, chef-patron at Isaac At.

At the three-day festival, visitors can enjoy the Chefs' Theatre, Cake & Bake Theatre, Drinks Theatre, Shopping Village with award winning artisan producers, Street Food Avenue, Feasting Tent, Cook Book Shop, Kids" Cookery School, fairground, live music stage and family-friendly areas with activities for children. 

Over 200 exhibitors will showcase their produce, providing festival-goers with a fantastic opportunity to sample the best of the region – and to try a huge selection of delicious food and drink from around the world. 

Musicians Against Homelessness founder, Emma Rule, added: 

"I'm very pleased to help bring this amazing line-up of artists to Foodies in Brighton. I can't praise them enough for their generous support in these difficult times.

"The last two years have been incredibly hard for charities and the hospitality industry alike. But together we can and will make a difference."

Foodies Festival at Preston Park, Preston Road, Brighton, 30th April - 2nd May 2022. Weekend ticket £38 (on the door £47) Children aged 12 and under go free when accompanied by an adult. *Entry to all theatres is included in the ticket price.

by: Mike Cobley


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